Urine Test Strips to Exclude Cerebral Spinal Fluid Blood
NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER PORTSMOUTH VA
Pagination or Media Count:
Determining the presence or absence of red blood cells RBC or their breakdown products in cerebrospinal fluid CSF is essential for the evaluation of subarachnoid hemorrhage SAH in headache patients. Current methodology for finding blood in the CSF is either spectrophotometric detection of pigment, which is time consuming and labor intensive, or visual assesment of samples for color change xanthochromia, which is inaccurate. Bayer Multistix- urine test strips are designed to test urine for RBC by detecting the presence of hemoglobin. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the performance of urine reagent test strips for ruling out the presence of RBC in CSF.
- Medicine and Medical Research